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Friday, April 29, 2022

'Dogman' Easily Leaps Over Hood of Moving Car in Essex, Maryland

Witnesses were travelling in the Baltimore, Maryland suburb of Essex at night when a very large cryptid canine suddenly exit the woods and easily leaped over the hood of the moving vehicle.

"In 1981, the witness (anonymous), then 24, was living in Baltimore, Maryland, in the community known as northeast suburban community of Essex. It was between 1:00 and 2:00 AM, and they were driving their Dodge Charger, on a ramp leaving Route 702, which took them west onto Eastern Avenue where there was a small section of woods on the right side of the ramp.

On the backside of those woods, there was (and still is) a shopping center. “I was about 30 yards down the ramp when this creature burst out of the tree line on my right,” the witness recalled. Thinking it was a dog, and fearing they would run over it, the witness slammed on their brakes. “As I was skidding, the creature was in a dead run forward, jumped and went over the hood and cleared it by at least a foot.” It landed on the shoulder to their left and disappeared in the tall grass. “As it was sailing over my hood, I was looking at the whole left side of it. I thought it was coming through the windshield. This thing was huge. It looked as long as my car was wide. It was a real dark black.” The witness noticed tufts of hair sticking up from the tops of each of its ears. “The thing was smiling! I saw a whole lot of teeth and a really long fang. I didn't notice if it had hands or paws or what the back-legs were like. I couldn’t take my eyes off its face and that smile, it was haunting. I had a shiver go up my spine and the thought at that exact moment was that I was looking at pure evil.”

The witness noted that it wasn’t a regular dog. In the years following the sighting, they'd seen pictures of the Dogman cryptid and what they saw matches those images."

Transcribed Source: Cryptids Canada Podcast, “EPISODE197 Dogman jumped over my car” 19 Apr 2021

NOTE: I am very familiar with the area. Timothy Renner and myself have received reports and have investigated cryptid canine sightings and encounters throughout central & eastern Maryland, as well as south central Pennsylvania. Maryland is an undiscovered source for cryptids, to be honest. I had my personal Bigfoot encounter in May 1981 in central Maryland, 15 miles east of Baltimore. (Sykesville).

Baltimore, Harford, & Anne Arundel Counties (west of the Susquehanna River & Chesapeake Bay) have been the more active areas for cryptids (Bigfoot, winged humanoids & canines) in Maryland. Lon

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BIGFOOT ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION - Researchers / Investigators - Phantoms & Monsters Radio

Join us for a Bigfoot Roundtable Discussion on Phantoms & Monsters Radio. Together with Lon, our guests will include researchers & investigators Shane Corson, Carter Buschardt, & Ryan Cavalline.

Shane Corson was born in Scotland, and moved to San Diego, CA when he was a teenager. Shane has always been an avid outdoorsman, adventurer at heart, and interested in discovering new things. Shane loves tracking, hiking, fishing, and testing his survivalist skills. In 1997, he started doing field research on the subject of Bigfoot and spoke with eyewitnesses who had possible encounters, primarily in the San Bernardino Mountains, Yosemite, and Northern California. Shane moved to Oregon in 2008 and continued his research in the Pacific Northwest. In 2011, his research became all too real to him when he had his own Bigfoot encounter. Shane’s passion and methodology, along with his ambitions of furthering the research of Bigfoot, eventually led him to becoming a proud member of the Olympic Project.

Carter Buschardt has been an investigator with BFRO for the last 13 years. Originally from Texas and currently lives in Missouri. He has had nearly 100 reports published to the BFRO web site and has interviewed nearly 400 witnesses and counting. He is an experienced outdoorsman and trained as an investigator for MUFON. He studied herpetology in college. Longtime special interest in Sasquatch long term habituation sites, burial research, infrasound, language and stick structures. He is a true, boots on the ground researcher / investigator and not a desktop warrior. He has met and visited the properties of nearly half of the witnesses whose reports have been published. He monitors and visits several properties with ongoing habituation activity to this day Carter's books are titled 'Sasquatch: Evidence of an Enigma 1 & 2.' He is a member of the Phantoms & Monsters Fortean Research team.

Ryan Cavalline is an award winning independent filmmaker from the foot hills of Pennsylvania.  Ryan has been shooting independent films for over twenty years. He has been involved in all ends of filmmaking by producing, directing, writing, and editing. Along with filmmaking, Ryan also has years of experience as a Treasure Hunter, Ghost Investigator, Bigfoot Researcher, and History Buff. In 2018 Ryan started Legend Hunters Films to promote true research of forgotten folklore and legends through, out the country.  Along with the Legend Hunters Films, Ryan is an active speaker at UFO/Bigfoot and Film Conventions. www.legendhuntersfilms.com  Ryan is known for several films, including Mountain Devil (2017) and Mountain Devil 2: The Search for Jan Klement (2020). He is a member of the Phantoms & Monsters Fortean Research team.

Join us this Friday, April 29th at 9PM ET / 6PM PT

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